This is a question asked by many. Many who do not have a relationship with Christ, and many who do. Many people struggle to understand God and Him allowing evil. Warning you all right now, you’re not probably going to like what I’m going to say, and frankly, if I’m honest, I’m not always fond of it either. But this way of thinking just shows how selfish and controlling we want to be.
God did not choose for man to fall in sin. Mankind fell in sin, and the wages of sin are death. This means heartache, disease, trials, and everything else you could possibly think of. It also means that not all prayers will be answered, much to our dismay.
We want things to go OUR way. We don’t want things to go God’s way. No pain. No death. This is what we desire, but this is not our world. Our world is sin. The consequence of sin, we don’t like.
Other parts of sin, however, is attractive. Lust, jealousy, envy, power, status, materialism, and fulfilling every single pleasure of our own. This is what our world is. Deception glorifying self and what we want, while trials and pain hide behind them. Sex, nudity, profanity, gossip, drama, violence, gore, horror, drugs, alcohol, money…you want it, this world has it.
But the consequence is death.
If we don’t want to admit the pain began with us then we will continue to question God and it will more than likely be an endless cycle of confusion, frustration, and, potentially, bitterness. A reflection of control and power. We want someone to blame when we are hurt when others get hurt when we cannot get the answer in life we want.
When we have a goal in mind, obstacles naturally come along with it.
Switch goal for life and obstacles for suffering. The world wants to say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But this, of course, takes out Jesus completely. It is entirely focused on self and self-achievement. Which then is probably why many people who are suffering can’t take the pain or trial. Because a leaking vessel can’t repair itself! And that kind of mentality kills. I’ve seen it and heard it every single time someone opened up to me and considered taking their life because they could not bear the pain.
Why does God allow pain?
There will come a time when Christ will come back, and when that happens most people on this earth will die. No more second chances. I think He waits because He knows there are people who are and who will draw close to Him.
But even more than that, He uses pain for His purpose. Remember pain in this world is because of sin. It happened because of temptation. But God, being God, can still use these consequences and turn them around for His glory. Temptation made us once fall. God wants to use temptation (when we turn away from it) and trials as a way for us to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Before Jesus began His ministry, He fasted in the desert and after 40 days was tempted by Satan. Through Christ’s suffering, He became strong. He resisted. He focused on God. After the temptation, only then did Jesus began His ministry and seeking out the disciples.
(NLT) Hebrews 5:08, “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered.”
Christ is our example. We are to be like Christ. There is a greater goal in God’s mind and ultimate purpose for us. Jesus Himself did not have every prayer He prayed answered. He requested that He not be tortured, but for the Lord to do His will. Every single trial, battle, pain, and heartache we go through can help draw us closer to this purpose if we are turning towards Him. It refines our faith, and these trials (not happiness) is how God connects His plan and purpose for us.
(NLT) 1 Peter 1:07, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
(NIV) Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
So many people struggle with the idea of surrendering completely to Christ. Struggling to trust Him when we are hurt and can’t see. We like control. We like getting and doing what we want to do. And then trials happen and we blame God because He won’t and will not bend to our wants and desires.
Why would it be fair that the Man who died for us and suffered for our sins be the only One who went through hardship? He was innocent. We aren’t.
Jesus was flogged and He died because of mankind, it is not like He spoke nice things and all the people loved Him. People hated Him so much they desired for His death. The people who were supposed to be God’s people! That’s sin. That’s why we have pain and death in this world. But God used it for a greater purpose. He resurrected Jesus, fulfilling prophecy, and He gave us not only salvation through Christ, but the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter as well.
He did not decide pain for this world, but He knew He could redirect us through it. And we need to be redirected…
No one likes pain. No one likes trials. Following Christ and becoming like Jesus is not about embracing hardships with a fake plastic smile. It is also not about stamping “I’ll pray for you,” on everyone’s forehead and walking away from suffering. Brokenness allows us to be real with Christ because we’re too exhausted to rely on ourselves and too weak to be fake.
There are so many things this world offers us that we need out of our life and heart. Many times, we will refuse to give these things up unless it is blatantly clear why. We have to be forced to see why God’s way is better, and even then, we may not accept it. We remain more bitter and angry.
The easier our life is, the more we seek security in our own sense of control, desire, and power, no matter how weak it is. We will easily push God away as long as our life is “fine.” We are, ultimately, children when it comes to what we want and our sense of control. God is willing to break this lie for us. He is willing to help us realize what the world is trying to deceive us with.
Many of these truths are only known when we are going through pain. When we cling to Him for answers, when our eyes are not blind on pleasure, but fully opened to the reality of what life is. And many times it is the only way people will see God. Many times it is the only way people feel the love of Jesus because the power of self and desire is revealed to be nonexistent.
Because only then are we willing to admit, “I don’t have things under control.”
Song To Listen To– Mercy Meets My Pain by Seventh Day Sumber
Monthly Scripture – (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
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